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Being a San Francisco Giants fan could be costly for 49ers quarterback Alex Smith

Sep 19, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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49ers quarterback Alex Smith often wears a Giants hat to his post-game press conferences, showing support for another San Francisco team, but Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the NFL has threatened to fine him $15,000 if he keeps doing it:

The reason: A Giants cap constitutes non-sponsored gear, and players must abide by the NFL’s dress code 90 minutes before and after each game.

One proposed solution: Have the Giants fund that post-game attire for such a loyal fan.

“Yeah, can you call Larry Baer for me?” Smith asked reporters in reference to the Giants’ chief executive.

Smith is making about $9 million this season and it sounds like he’s planning to keep wearing the Giants hat even if they fine him, which would run him $210,000 for the remaining 14 games.

  1. joecool16280 - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    The NFL sure does have it’s priorities right (sarcastic cough).

    Nevermind the quality of…oh whats the point, those guys are clueless.

    • slickdemetrius - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Exactly. It’s not like an officials strike, long-term concussion injuries or more players with criminal records than ever are serious matters or anything.

      • cavredleg15 - Sep 20, 2012 at 1:37 AM

        The officials are not on Strike. They are being locked out.

    • paperlions - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Except, of course, the NFL has a number of licencing deals in place and the NFL will lose money on those deals if they fail to live up to the terms….and don’t think the companies spending millions of dollars on the deals don’t pay attention and actively complain when the terms are violated.

  2. ajcardsfan - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Dear NFL, If you’re fining your players that much for something as simple as a hat, I’m sure you can more than afford to cough up the dough to get the professional refs back.
    Somebody that won’t be watching an NFL game until that point

    • kevinbnyc - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      SICK burn

  3. Lukehart80 - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Whenever you’re frustrated with some of the stupid decisions MLB makes, you can take comfort in the even stupider decisions the NFL sometimes makes.

    • chumthumper - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      And let’s not leave out the NFL’s farm system, the NCAA.

  4. thomas2727 - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    I want to make a rude comment but I am afraid Warden Goodell might fine me.

  5. chill1184 - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    File this under “Retarded punishments by league management”

  6. JB (the original) - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    No Fun League strikes again!

  7. indaburg - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    $15,000 for that kind of advertising seems like a bargain.

    • Kevin S. - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Reminds me of when the league fined Brian Urlacher $100k for wearing a VitaminWater hat during Super Bowl week. By making such a huge deal out of it, the NFL gave VW so much free publicity they stepped in and paid the fine.

  8. brianforster - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    this makes even less sense now that new era makes both NFL and MLB caps, i love semantics, but my god are they annoying sometimes.

  9. billymc75 - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    And they wonder why they go broke, spending useless money, kinda lie the NFL itself

  10. braddavery - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Dear corporate entity,

    We hate you and all that you stand for.


    • dwrek5 - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      Dear Society,

      We don’t care, we already have all the money.

      The 1%

  11. joshpico - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    What in the hell is wrong with this world? Fining someone for wearing a hat because it is non sponsored? This is what the world has come to. Is EVERYTHING about money? Get a life. What happened to freedom in this country?

  12. thomas2727 - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    For the Bay Area locals. I say Alex should wear a Pink Poodle or Brass Rail cap from now on.

  13. protectthishouse54 - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    “it sounds like he’s planning to keep wearing the Giants hat even if they fine him, which would run him $210,000 for the remaining 14 games”

    I sure hope not. Regardless of your personal wealth, that’s a really stupid way to spend $210,000.

  14. sisqsage - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Funny thing is, he’s more of a Padres fan. He’s from the San Diego area and used to always where a Pads hat postgame.

    I think he caught Harbaugh Fever and started wearing Giants hats like last year. He was so out of SF as a FA before Harbaugh talked him into staying in 2011.

  15. pa9erfan - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    why is this under hardball talk?? isn’t this rediculous profootball talk??

    • 2ndaryinsanity - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      What’s even more *ridiculous* is when someone tries to use a “big” word and can’t spell it correctly. While I think the League should be more concerned with horrible replacement ref’s, part of why the NFL became a multi-billion dollar industry is sponsorship deals with various companies. The League gets paid because they require players to wear certain clothing, hats, etc. If they don’t fine players for non-compliance, more players would chose to wear clothing, hats, etc made by companies the NFL doesn’t have deals with. The bottom line is that the League entered into a legal contract that they have to honor. Failure to do so would cost them alot money.

  16. brianbosworthisstonecold - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    …and the MLB won’t let pitchers wear friend bracelets.

  17. husky2score - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Gotta protect the players!!

  18. redux23 - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    alex was on the radio this morning telling the same story so im guessing these reporters followed up on that during the press conference. smith said that he would like to wear the hat but won’t until he figures out if we will get fined or not – and he has not worn a giants hat since last season so i dont see where you are saying he will keep wearing it this season regardless of the fines. he was hoping that since both leagues now use new era that it would be ok.

    also, he is friends with matt cain if i need to make a baseball connection here.

  19. 2ndaryinsanity - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    What’s really *ridiculous* is when someone tries to use a “big” word and can’t spell it correctly.

  20. kjkulsrud - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    This is bullshit… I love when player support their city’s teams… It’s pretty awesome if you ask me.

    Think about this… the NFL wants their players to be a part of the community, a part of what makes the cities that the NFL calls home a great place… why shouldn’t Alex Smith support the Giants?

    This is ridiculous…

  21. annaalamode - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    I hate to agree with the NFL but the NFL can make Alex Smith wear whatever he wants to while he is at work, which is where he is when he is at press conferences. Do I think the rule’s stupidity burns with the fire of a thousand kryptonian suns? Yes. But the league has the right to enforce a boneheaded dress code if it wants to.

  22. sportsdrenched - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Before we get all sanctimonious about the NFL, remember MLB is the organization that won’t let the NY Teams (or their opponenets) wear ER Hats on the anniversery of 9/11.

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